Winners Announced

Winners Announced

For immediate release Winners Announced in Historic SGAUS Cyber Competition November 8, 2023   Germantown TN The State Guard As...

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SGAUS Cyber Defense Program

SGAUS Cyber Defense Program

Dear Cyber Badge Holders, Candidates, Partners, and Valued Stakeholders: It is with immense pride and a deep sense of accomplishm...

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SGAUS Cyber Commandant's letter

SGAUS Cyber Commandant’s letter

Dear Participants, Esteemed Partners, and Colleagues, It is with immense pride and enthusiasm that I welcome you to the State Gua...

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SGAUS Cyber Defense Academy

The need for a Cybersecurity Corps

The United States has been engaged in cyber defense for decades, but there continues to be organizational and human gaps that leave the nation vulnerable.  Cyber threats against public infrastructure are continuously growing, and present approaches are clearly insufficient.

The creation of a Cybersecurity Corps within the Title 32 USC §101-908 National Guard and State Guard forces is an innovative answer to many of these key needs. This corps will report to the Adjutant General of each sovereign U.S. state or territory within which its members serve.  A Cybersecurity Corps can be modeled after a blend of cybersecurity organizations in other nations and proven models in other domains
of security and safety inside the United States, such as the Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Volunteer Firefighters, and Auxiliary Police. The overarching goal will be to better involve and mobilize the wider community of cyber citizen soldiers in closing gaps and shortfalls that are unlikely to be handled through existing federal, state, or territorial organizational structures.

Cybersecurity Corps Mission Areas

By reporting through an Adjutant General, a Cybersecurity Corps will ultimately function as a defensive and training asset of USNORTHCOM.  By coordinating with the Department of Homeland Security and parallel state/territorial security and emergency service agencies, a Cybersecurity Corps would augment existing
programs to raise the security level of the ecosystem and provide additional needed resources in three key mission areas:

  1. Education and Outreach
  2. Testing, Assessments, and Exercises
  3. On Call Expertise and Emergency Response

SGAUS Cyber Defense Academy Mission

  1. Publish literature for higher authority that identifies the organizational landscape and lessons-learned from similar programs
  2. Create plans for how such a Cybersecurity Corps could be constructed and launched in a relatively low cost, low risk manner at the state and territorial level
  3. Establish curriculum to train and certify state guard service members to a homogeneous readiness level to accomplish taskings within the 3 aforementioned mission areas.

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